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Nick Willis #245916
01/27/2021 12:58 PM
01/27/2021 12:58 PM
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An island state of mind
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Nick Willis passed away yesterday after a brief battle with cancer. Godspeed, my friend.

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Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #245920
01/27/2021 01:10 PM
01/27/2021 01:10 PM
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Central Florida!
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Wow, our condolences to Monica and their friends and family.


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Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #245923
01/27/2021 01:21 PM
01/27/2021 01:21 PM
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Tortola/ Sonoma, California
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No words..just farewelll to a gentle, funloving, kind and generous human being. What great memories from " The Duck N Dive" to "Foxy's". All love to Monica.

Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #245924
01/27/2021 01:32 PM
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Very sad to hear that. Nick always had a kind word and treated us well whenever we landed at Leverick. RIP.

Re: Nick Willis [Re: DaveZ] #245925
01/27/2021 01:43 PM
01/27/2021 01:43 PM
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Woodstock, GA
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Very sorry to hear of Nick's passing! Always was kind and welcoming to Belinda and I. I hope he took his favorite drink glass with him to heaven. Our condolences and love to you Monzie!

Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #245926
01/27/2021 01:50 PM
01/27/2021 01:50 PM
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Devon, UK
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We are raising a glass to Nick at 8pm this evening wherever in the world you are. Join us in celebrating his life and the wonderful friendships he made.

Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #245929
01/27/2021 02:05 PM
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How very sad - I have so many memories of great times with Nick and Monika and only 2 pictures (that I can show)

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Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #245931
01/27/2021 02:27 PM
01/27/2021 02:27 PM
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Terrible news to hear. I always hoped he would come back to Leverick!
G

Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #245932
01/27/2021 02:34 PM
01/27/2021 02:34 PM
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U.K. and Spain
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Can't believe it. Such awful news. So many great times with Nick and Monica. So sorry Monica.

Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #245933
01/27/2021 02:35 PM
01/27/2021 02:35 PM
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Would be lovely to do a memorial for him there at some point when we can all get down....


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Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #245934
01/27/2021 02:40 PM
01/27/2021 02:40 PM
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What a bloody waste of a damn fine retirement ! On the wings of the wind, Nick, may the Universe show you a rockin' good time in all your next adventures. Monica, I'm sorry as i can be, but we don't get to refuse the last call. I hope you give us a few words now and then just so we know how you're getting along.

Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #245940
01/27/2021 03:43 PM
01/27/2021 03:43 PM
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Ill, USA
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Sad news in a year with lots of sadness. We missed Nick and Monica as well. Godspeed.

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Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #245943
01/27/2021 04:26 PM
01/27/2021 04:26 PM
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Buffalo, NY
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such a beautiful human being, will be greatly missed

Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #245946
01/27/2021 04:52 PM
01/27/2021 04:52 PM
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Toledo, OH, USA
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Nick was always so kind opening his arms and home to so many. He will be deeply missed


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Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #245948
01/27/2021 05:05 PM
01/27/2021 05:05 PM
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We are sad to learn of Nick's passing. We send our condolences to Monica and their friends.

Calvin & Pam

Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #245949
01/27/2021 05:57 PM
01/27/2021 05:57 PM
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MD, USA
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I haven't been on here in years, but I must pay my respect here to Nick.
When we first met he knew me from nowhere but TTOL, yet welcomed me into his home as if I was a family member that he hadn't seen in a few years.
The love, kindness, and humor of that man will be missed by all that knew him, and are a loss for all who didn't.

.... until we meet again, old friend.


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Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #245952
01/27/2021 06:22 PM
01/27/2021 06:22 PM
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New Jersey, USA
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I am shocked and saddened. I met Nick only one time, for about 10 seconds, on the dock at Leverick. Even that brief encounter left me with a fun memory.

Dan

Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #245957
01/27/2021 08:43 PM
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We had the pleasure of meeting Nick several times over the years when we rented houses in Mahoe. Nick always took care of our Leverick reservations and would swing by to check in on us and say hello at the Jumbie, MB’s shows and when dining upstairs. I feel like I “know” him from reading this forum for years.

Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #245960
01/27/2021 10:15 PM
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Got to meet him about ten years ago at Leverick. A fine fellow who will be missed by many.

Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #245966
01/28/2021 10:11 AM
01/28/2021 10:11 AM
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Northern IL
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Very sad to hear of his passing. I had the pleasure of staying at Leverick for a week on a land based trip. He was so kind and helpful. Always enjoyed our overnights there while on charter and saying hello and having a some laughs. Heaven gained a good soul that will be missed by many here.

Re: Nick Willis [Re: Winterstale] #245971
01/28/2021 11:38 AM
01/28/2021 11:38 AM
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Gulf Shores AL
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Originally Posted by Winterstale
Would be lovely to do a memorial for him there at some point when we can all get down....


Totally agree, Bridget.

Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #245984
01/28/2021 01:37 PM
01/28/2021 01:37 PM
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If there was ever a reason to revive the TTOL Flotilla? This would be it......


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Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #245989
01/28/2021 02:41 PM
01/28/2021 02:41 PM
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This is such sad news. I had been hoping that Nick would return to Leverick Bay at some point. He did a fabulous job making the resort such a success. He was always such a welcoming presence there and always so kind to my kids! A great loss for his family.

Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #245993
01/28/2021 03:14 PM
01/28/2021 03:14 PM
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I cant help but imagine Saildoggie greeting Nick at the Pearly Gates..now that would be something to behold!
Cant stop thinking about dear Nick and just how amazingly kind and generous he was to friends and strangers alike. I am hoping Richard Branson who was very close to Nick is reaching out to Monica.Love the idea of a celebration for Nick at Leverick but I dont think we could all fit in the red phone box at the end of the dock!

Re: Nick Willis [Re: Manpot] #246001
01/28/2021 05:23 PM
01/28/2021 05:23 PM
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Woodstock, GA
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Originally Posted by Manpot
I cant help but imagine Saildoggie greeting Nick at the Pearly Gates..now that would be something to behold!
Cant stop thinking about dear Nick and just how amazingly kind and generous he was to friends and strangers alike. I am hoping Richard Branson who was very close to Nick is reaching out to Monica.Love the idea of a celebration for Nick at Leverick but I dont think we could all fit in the red phone box at the end of the dock!


We could damn sure try! smile

Re: Nick Willis [Re: Manpot] #246020
01/28/2021 09:33 PM
01/28/2021 09:33 PM
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Lindenhurst, NY
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Spot on, we only met Nick & Monica once while spending a few days in a slip at Leverick a dozen years ago and he made us feel beyond welcome.


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Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #246024
01/28/2021 10:33 PM
01/28/2021 10:33 PM
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Sad to hear - my thoughts and condolences to family and all his friends everywhere. As a Caribbean resident for many decades I always respected his honest helpful attitude - he took care of sailors! A stalwart of the Caribbean host community.

Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #246065
01/29/2021 01:02 PM
01/29/2021 01:02 PM
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Roseville, Minnesota
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I took this photo last night in memory of Nick. He certainly made Leverick a special place for so many.

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Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #246066
01/29/2021 01:04 PM
01/29/2021 01:04 PM
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Bradenton, FL
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Mal - a celebration at Leverick would be amazing.
Sir Richard was on CBS yesterday morning - live from Leverick - talking about the hyperloop. I believe Bruce reached out to Gumption when we found out Nick was so sick to let Richard know - I am sure someone has given him the news by now.

Anybody for a dinghy poker run in his honor??? June 2022 might be realistic??? Better later than never???


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Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #246086
01/29/2021 06:06 PM
01/29/2021 06:06 PM
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Tortola/ Sonoma, California
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I'm in..

Re: Nick Willis [Re: Swifty] #246087
01/29/2021 06:23 PM
01/29/2021 06:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Swifty
I took this photo last night in memory of Nick. He certainly made Leverick a special place for so many.

Very fitting, and a helluva good photo.

Dan

Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #246088
01/29/2021 06:30 PM
01/29/2021 06:30 PM
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Louisville, KY
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I suspect a good way to memorialize Nick is to conduct ourselves like Nick. Big smile and great attitude. Rest in peace my friend.

Last edited by NoelHall; 01/29/2021 06:31 PM.

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Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #246090
01/29/2021 07:04 PM
01/29/2021 07:04 PM
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I have not logged in for many moons but had to jump in here. I did not know Nick well like many of you did. He was always such a pleasure to interact with, and I have to imagine that Nick touched so many people in positive ways that left a smile on their faces. Rest in peace, Nick, and condolences to his family and loved ones.

Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #246122
01/30/2021 10:46 AM
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Nick helped my crew and me several times with great overnight visits at Leverick.
At my last stay, he came down to the dock to specifically see us away in the morning. A great guy and he will be missed.

I don’t know if it was his idea, but I always thought it was great marketing to give away a free bag of ice with a stay for us TTOL folks. A $3.00 bag of ice for free usually resulted in a couple of hundred dollars of spend.

Godspeed Nick!

Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #246125
01/30/2021 11:09 AM
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He also kept his dock rates very reasonable which resulted in full docks and lots of shore spending.
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Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #246127
01/30/2021 11:37 AM
01/30/2021 11:37 AM
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Let's face it....Nick and Monica were the ENTIRE reason we all loved Leverick Bay.....God knows it wasn't the onshore showers.....


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Re: Nick Willis [Re: Winterstale] #246130
01/30/2021 12:28 PM
01/30/2021 12:28 PM
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And for us land based vacationers, Nick offered a TTOL discount for villas in Mahoe. One email and he took care of everything. Villa, car, grocery delivery, jumbies reservations.

Scott

Re: Nick Willis [Re: Winterstale] #246133
01/30/2021 12:55 PM
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I have to admit that the main reason for me to dock and stay at Leverick was the hospitality of Nick (and Monika). The place changed once they left and I cannot think of a better host than Nick. I will miss him sorely!

Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #246139
01/30/2021 04:45 PM
01/30/2021 04:45 PM
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I have heard from several friends of Nick's and we all seem to find it hard that this jovial force of nature has gone. The world would be a much better place with many more Nick and Monicas..

Last edited by Manpot; 01/30/2021 04:46 PM.
Re: Nick Willis [Re: tradewinds] #246141
01/30/2021 05:32 PM
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Sad to hear about Nick.

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